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Stopping off at the post office today, I was waiting on by the always polite clerk who has gotten so used to my being there of the last year that it’s not even funny and we began discussing the weather. The clerk began to tell me about how they had used the nice day yesterday to wash their car because they don’t clean it when the weather is cooler. We had a good laugh about that and then the clerk said something that caught my attention in another way.

“As you can see I have a pretty dull life,” they said.

I encouraged that it surly was not dull but the clerk insisted it was as we parted ways. I left the post office and began thinking about how submitting to a ‘dull’ life is just not what life is all about! Life is truly meant to be lived to the fullest and beyond submission to a false idea that life is just ‘ok’ or ‘so-so’.

I was there! I was over weight (by 50 pounds), I blamed others, I just rolled with everything that was handed to me instead of taking it head on. I felt that I had a ‘dull’ life and fell into the trap of that was just how it was and I had been dealt that hand. How wrong I was!

This month alone I hired a life coach to help guide me to the next level of my writing and speaking career. His name is RM Dozier and upon meeting him a year ago, I know this guy is going to push me and that is what I desire. I’m not afraid to seek help for my goals and RM is just the man to help me fine tune my focus! We have a conference call coming up next week and I am all out ready for it!

I was also asked if I might give the keynote speech for my old high school’s career day and I said I would be humbled to! I’m just waiting for a reply and it will be off to the races for speech writing and run through to polish it.

In one month, I will be traveling to northern Indiana and presenting two presentations at Canterbury School and am ready to crush it with excitement and fun! I have also been confirmed for a elementary school visit in central Illinois in April and one in Southern Illinois in May. Add in a pre-graduation ceremony speech before the graduating class of my local high school and the truth is I have anything but a ‘dull’ life!

No matter what it is, your life is your life! If you find it becoming a bit ‘dull’ or lackluster, let’s jump on giving it a polish, you’ll feel so good once you’ve begun!

Let’s get into 2018! This is everyone’s year to take off!!





The above photos are a symbol to me of pushing myself outside of my comfort zone!

For a handful of years, I have wanted to begin a speaking career and while I have done some speaking to push myself, I have been held back by the fear in believing that I would fail.

Now, I know that any failure means I am heading in the right direction to grow, learn and reach the next level! I used up my envelopes, stamps and money to make this investment in myself. This year I will speak to schools, churches and any venue that will have me. I am victorious!


In my hand is the letter that I have typed up to submit to local area high school asking to come and speak to their students. The moment we begin working towards our goals and leave worry about what others might say behind, we begin living a quality of life that 90-95% of the world are not living. Go all in, life is waiting!

“To live an above average life, we must become above average people!” – Jim Rohn

This week I stepped onto the ledge and took a jump!

For years the idea of public speaking was filled with a sense of fear that held me back. It wasn’t the fear of getting in front of others, it was the fear of looking like I didn’t know what I was doing. That is the most debilitating fear that one can have and it is as false as the voices in our minds telling it to us!

This week I sat down at my computer and began writing to every high school in a hundred mile radius and asked if I could speak to their students free of charge. Now that might seem rather risk taking but in truth it is necessary to create a base for my career. Don’t misunderstand me, the farther I will go, I will ask for something like my fuel in return while within this area and later turn this into a career that will support me and my children. The key is to get my plane off the ground and go higher into the clouds.

I’ll admit that I am nervous, but the nervousness is simply a sign of the next level approaching and the time is coming to prepare to grab ahold and pull myself to that level and leave the old one behind!

Whatever your wanting to do in your life, I want to encourage you to go for it and go for it now! There is never a more perfect time like today, like right now! In the words of the old film ‘Captain Ron’, Turn On The Juice And See What Shakes Loose!


I can’t say enough about how wonderful 2018 is and will be! This is the year that I continue the journey towards achieving my goals and making my dreams a reality!


It snowed here on Friday, enough that they closed the local schools and I spent the afternoon with my sons in the backyard. We made snow angels, threw snowballs and drank hot chocolate as we warmed up! I may be finding my was to success but it means nothing if I am not making positive memories with my children who are my why!

After my sons went back home, which is just next door as I rent a home to their mother and step-father. I love being so close to my kids and thank my God for allowing such an opportunity to be here. Anyhow, after they walked home, I found myself online when I came across a question from my friend Boyd, a biohacker extraordinaire, who ask for all of his friends to post a song that fit their moods right then.

I had been pumped for 2018 and began thinking of a movie that I had not seen in some time. An eighties movie called ‘The Secret of My Success’ staring Micheal J. Fox. That soundtrack has a song performed by Pat Benetar called, ‘Sometimes The Good Guys Finish First’. I had to post that song!

Thank got me to really thinking about what I still feared and the desire to take those head on! We have but one life and I am a successful author and speaker, now it is time to go out there and get what is mine!

I woke up and went in on this Martin Luther King day (my personal thank you to Dr. King for having his own dream and going after it), and went into work at the high school and helped clear snow off the walkways. I was blessed to use a snow blower but found myself getting quite cold after four hours. I watched as the snow came out and thought to myself, ‘There is more and I am going to get it!’

Now, with school being out tomorrow also due to the weather, I will be returning to work in the morning to do a bit more before moving inside for a short time. It will be a short day but enough to inspire me to work even harder to make each day my own! Before I go, I want to wish you a safe and warm rest of the week. If your reading this and have a school I can come and speak at, LET ME KNOW! We’ll make something happen! Have a great day ahead everyone!!

P.S. I got back into The Boondock Kids today and completed pages seventy-three and seventy-four!

Sunday night I completed another goal!

When I sat out one month ago to write my ninth book, I did so with the intention of doing so in 30 days. I have been pushed by several friends to write my story, my story of struggle and success and what I have done to keep moving on.


I was inspired by my friend Nicole, who grew up in the foster care system and has used that to become a successful speaker and bestselling author. Her book: ‘Foster To Fosters‘ is her story of success by trial and fire. Because of this, I sat down on October 30th and began my own story.


Sunday night, November 26th, 2017, I completed my 215th page and ended my story with my ninth book entitled: ‘When The Storm Runs Out Of Rain‘! The book is broken down into four ‘Stages’.


Stage One puts myself under the microscope and discloses all of the negative things that have happen in my life so that every reader gets a real sense of my honesty to them and perhaps something that has happen to me has also happen to them and that will be relatable. Stage Two continues by spotlighting the successful events that have come into my life from sticking to my guns. Stage Three is a laid out plan of action using my ‘Go 2 Grow’ system that I have used as my own guidelines for reaching¬†the things that I want. Stage Four is the reader’s self reflection stage. A 14 question self evaluation that will help every reader go a little more in-depth on themselves and see where they excel and where they can improve to live a more exciting life.


This news is one I am so proud of and I shared this this past Monday with the students of Lancaster Christian School! I was asked several weeks ago about coming to Lancaster and putting on a presentation for Barney & Lexi. I have to say that this is an amazing little school in the countryside of southern Illinois!


When I arrived, I was met at the door by Cherie, the office manager for the school who welcomed me in and gave me a tour of the school. If you know me, you know that while I love every school I visit, its the old schools that have so much character to me! I loved the small classroom sizes, years of students photos lining the hallways and the kind and considerate staff who work there.


Not to long later, recess would end and the students assembled into the day room and off we went! I love how children respond to Barney & Lexi and how I am able to get teachers involved as well. I love the giggles and the questions as children who are shy to start with open up during our time together. I’m all about making the kids feel important and valued!


I signed books for all of the students and as our time ended, I watched the students file into the gymnasium which also doubles as their cafeteria as they prepared for their lunch hour. I fell in love with this little school and it will rank near the top of my most favorite visits!


This visit found its way into two newspapers which I am humbled to be in. Papers don’t have to print anything they do not want and to make the front pages of both leaves me with gratitude and thankfulness! Lancaster also became the focus of my weekly column in The Sumner Press.


Yesterday I completed 20 Barney & Lexi mailers to school across the country and got them in the mail for school approval! Now it’s time to begin work on the front and back cover designs for my new book. A quick bite of pizza for lunch and I’m off to the races! It is my hope that this day finds you in great rewards!


It has been a while since writing last and I apologize. It has been a crazy month so far!

I just completed my 36th episode of ‘Write To Success’ (WTS) on my YouTube channel which now consists of over 120 videos that I hope encourage others to reach out and go for what they want in their lives.

I’ve also traveled to Charleston, Illinois and attended an memorial dinner for my aunt who past away to cancer a couple of weeks ago. My children and I drove with my mother and the fall scene that surrounded the two lane highway was beautiful and set the tone for our trip. Even getting lost on the way home was exciting and enjoyable. It could nt have been a better evening.

Tonight, my newest column article drops and will be out in the Sumner (IL.) Press newspaper. This weeks title is about letting go.

I also discovered that Barney & Lexi are now available online through Walmart. If you don’t have a copy, run over to and pick up your copy today! Thanks ahead for doing that!

As for my biography, I am writing faster than I have in my fourteen year career. In just over a week and half, I am now working on page 90 and not half way through the book yet. My goal is for a completion date during this month and to be able to have it in print by Christmas!

I also have many more mailers out to elementary school and have my first reply about coming out for a visit! More on that as it develops!

The t-shirt designs are moving along and will be available by 2018!

Lol,  my Jimmy is down again and makes me begin thinking that 2018 may see the time come for a new vehicle. The farther I drive for presentations, the more dependable vehicle I am needing.

Thank you so much for reading and following since 2009! It means the world and I am excited as this is all about to blow wide open! Have a wonderful day everyone!